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Steamboat's Tom Nelson poses with the 315-point bull elk he bagged during the second combined deer and elk rifle season. The kill was made on public land near Sleeping Giant.

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Half the harvest

Through two of the fall's big game rifle seasons, hunters gauge success, eye early migrations

High-country hunting may have taken a brief break during this past week's five-day hiatus between the second and third deer and elk rifle seasons, but that's when the craziness began for the butchers at Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company.

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